Although Showalter insisted that there was no reason for alarm, he was quick to pin blame on a random voter whom he claimed marked and handed in two ballots instead of one. This may be all fine and well, but it doesn’t explain other irregularities citizens reported as they attempted to vote.
“Showalter instead blamed a female voter who allegedly filled out two ballots at once, handed one in, and returned the other without telling polling staff that it had been inadvertently marked.
‘Two ballots were stuck together when they were issued and the woman they were handed to voted on both of them,’ Showalter said.
Other issues in the area included ballots being placed inside of duffle bags instead of ballot counting machines.
‘There was a lady working the polls who asked me to put my ballot in a duffle bag. I could see the other completed ballots, so I was trying to conceal mine,’ Richmond voter Danyale Little said. ‘I felt like my privacy was violated.’